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keithandjeremy

Have you noticed how alike Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach are? Both are somewhat reticent, unassuming people, plain speaking, with no airs and graces and utterly lacking in pomposity. That said, it would be a grave mistake to think of either man as weak, they are both robust in their views and deeply experienced in their chosen courses in life.

In a world dominated by the culture of celebrity, in which the desire to be famous is more important than having anything of substance to offer, what the world needs more than ever is substance, a three course home cooked meal instead of a take-out burger and fries.

One of the accusations against Corbyn is that he is not Prime Minister material and I wonder what that means? Perhaps David Cameron and Theresa May might look like Prime Minister material (if you like that sort of thing), but that is about as far as it goes, form without substance.

I met Jeremy in Plymouth at one of his leadership rallies, the quiet man who was taking the country by storm, something he has now very successfully done twice to become leader of the Labour party with the kind of majority most politicians can only dream of. He was in a small back hall with the toilet facilities just behind, for those of us for whom quick access has become a necessity, and he seemed rather shy, tolerant of the attention, but not seeking it. The kind of guy who would rather do the job and leave the attention to others. And I think therein lies much of what draws people to him, he’s the quiet interesting one, without flamboyance or sham.

Looking back and the picture I have with him, I feel that we were both somewhat shy and, of course, strangers, but for this stranger, I was pleased to meet him and, despite that he had a room full of hundreds of people waiting for him, glad he took the time to say hello and have our picture taken.

When he came on stage, he greeted those on the platform warmly, in no way playing to the crowd, and nothing of the big ‘I am’ about him. He began his speech my thanking all those who had made the meeting possible, including the volunteers without whom it simply wouldn’t and couldn’t have happened.

The ridiculous term, Corbynistas, used to denigrate and dismiss both Jeremy Corbyn and those who support him, is a fatuous term which deliberately and wilfully attempts to undermine the warmth and engagement that so unassuming a man inspires. To use the expression from the ‘Last Leg’, he’s not a dick, something that cannot be said about many of his detractors.

This is a guy who rides a bike, loves his allotment, does not seek the limelight for its own sake, and yet at 67 years old manages to be an MP with all its attendant duties, be leader of the Labour party, and even more attendant duties, and attend protests and rallies the length and breadth of Britain. I am 66 and how he does it I will never know. I used to barely manage a letter a day to number 10, kinda gives you a perspective don’t it?

What this country needs is not a leader but an enabler and we need policies not posturing. Both Cameron and May had/have the pretensions of leadership and think much of themselves whilst delivering misery on an epic scale. What we need now is to get our country back on its feet, that cannot come from one man, just as the NHS did not just come from Aneurin Bevan, he was the enabler, the people delivered and have been delivering ever since, even whilst it is being stolen from us. We need a team player and a doer, not grandiosity, empty bombastic pronouncements and the exclusivity of privilege and greed. We need someone who is more comfortable with his sleeves rolled up than wearing a Savile Row suit costing several grand as Cameron did, someone who is at home with dirt under his finger nails, and yet is smart without pretension when the job requires it.

That may not suit those who seek power for powers sake, and sell us down the river, but that’s what I want as an ordinary bloke, a voter, and someone who believes in democracy, not demagoguery.

And that’s why I’ll be voting Labour on June 8th.

KOG. 25 April 2017

30_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,538

Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

What is happening within the Labour party has repercussions for all of us, but more broadly what the parliamentary Labour party and you Tories have in common is utter contempt for ordinary people and democracy.

What has been revealed is a war between democracy and totalitarianism.

Frank Field summed it up very nicely, pouring scorn on the very idea that he is in any way meant to represent the views of his constituents. His patronising, sneering, response on BBC Westminster Live to the idea that, ‘A lot of people watching might think that an MP is there to reflect the views of his or her constituents’, was, “No, dear, they are longing to have somebody they can all boss around as if they had a view.”

This disdain, this contempt, isn’t new, it’s as old as the hills. Only yesterday I read that Prince Harry wants those wounded in battle to be given ‘a Purple heart-style medal’. Does he not know that ex-service personnel are not getting the medical help they need, that thousands of them are homeless and going hungry and even being sanctioned by the Department for Work and Pensions or that due to government cuts they have been sacked and denied their pensions? What the hell use is a medal? It’s an anachronism from the privileged, so steeped in their own pomp and splendour, yet all they offer those who fight their wars for them is a gong with ribbons on. Service women and men swear an oath of allegiance and yet no allegiance is offered in return for their lives and well being.

Whilst we are hounded from pillar to post to be productive workers, what are our rewards, no access to fair representation in law, a minimum wage which is impossible to live on and no share of the profits we create, privatising health care and dismantling our NHS for profit, 500 disabled people a week stripped of access to Motability, no access to a decent pension after years of faithful work and, indeed, successive governments plundering pensions, plans to scrap the human rights act, flogging off the nations assets which were paid for and built by us and permanent austerity. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

And what happens when a Labour leader emerges who believes in democracy, with people having a say, with fairness and justice for all, health, housing and education for all, a fair deal? Those whose only interest is their own worthless privileged lives, including almost the entire mainstream media and the taxpayer funded BBC, lose their minds. Frank Field dismisses the concerns of 70,000 constituents and yet he expects them to not only accept whatever dictat he and parliament forces on them but to accept the enforced silence and impotence that those in power maintain over us. And so, here it is, another letter for you to ignore, I may be just an ordinary guy, but I have never and will never sell my soul for power and privilege. Even the thought of it disgusts me.

The Labour coup’s final plan to oust Corbyn proves it holds the membership in contempt

https://number10duckworthstreet.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/frank-fields-arrogantly-admits-his-constituents-views-count-for-nothing-and-its-not-his-job-to-speak-up-for-them/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-calls-hero-wounded-8725495

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10918631/Wounded-soldiers-failing-to-receive-the-care-they-are-entitled-to.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/9000-ex-service-personnel-homeless-after-2071049

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-3555196/Abandoned-Armed-Forces-veterans-lost-jobs-denied-pension.html

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

http://www.waspi.co.uk/

http://www.minersadvice.co.uk/pensiontheft.htm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/12126140/Government-sold-off-more-public-assets-than-ever-before-in-2015.html

20_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,498

Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Yesterday’s letter was met with a remarkable response on Twitter, “Keith Ordinary Guy – Member of the Labour Party – says it all – how pathetic.” At such times I do feel that for some people the act of procreation was a waste of time. It’s not the same as the more general contempt that many MPs have for the lives of ordinary people, who use and abuse us so extravagantly and treat us as a cash cow even whilst despising us, lying to us and robbing us.

Someone having a meaningless pop on Twitter is such a display of futility, it is by definition pathetic and it is notable if no other reason than it is uncommon. In a general sense I enjoy Twitter as a social media site on which most of the Tweets I see are worthwhile whether I agree with them or not, or share them or not.

In six years of Tory misrule we have witnessed the appalling contempt your party has for the electorate, in recent weeks in both the referendum and the Labour leadership challenge such contempt has reached white heat and the central issue is that democracy is under attack as never before.

There is nothing banal about Jeremy Hunt’s attacks on our NHS or our junior doctors, underlying all his machinations is the determination to privatise our NHS. That’s the bottom line. No government would dare declare its intention to privatise the NHS, so it is being done by stealth and deception because politicians rightly fear democracy and an informed electorate.

I can’t say I am proud to be a member of the Labour party, it isn’t about pride, it’s about standing up for social democracy, which accounts for the ever growing popularity of Jeremy Corbyn and explains the vitriolic attacks upon him by politicians and the media. It is impossible to insult me as a member of the Labour party because that is my informed personal choice which anyone is free to dismiss as pathetic, but that only says something about them and nothing about me.

The Police have apparently said that the scale of your party’s election fraud is of ‘staggering proportions’ and have accused your party of trying to cover it up by silencing the media, which, I have to say, is an extraordinary move on their part. What we are seeing is an unprecedented attack on democracy, but what we are also seeing is an extraordinary response and all those who oppose democracy should rightfully be trembling with fear because democracy is the foundation of social justice and social responsibility. Democracy is too often touted without consideration and without any meaningful context, yet behind its glib misuse lies the very bedrock of civilisation.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/19/jeremy-hunt-broken-nhs-england-funding-pledges

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/jeremy-hunt-doesnt-understand-junior-doctors-book-dismantle-nhs

UK Police: Tory Election Fraud Scandal Is Being Covered-up

11_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,490

Monday 11 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The big question for me right now is what are people who are of no earthly use to man nor beast doing posing as MP’s, and why are they so terrified of a politician who is actually and demonstrably working for the well being of others?

Speaking at the Durham Miners Gala Jeremy Corbyn said the following, “There’s a lot of debate about what’s happening in the Labour party at the present time. And I am inundated with questions, questions, questions all the time. And I have patience that is infinite to answer questions, questions, questions.

“But one I got today really did puzzle me. They said: are you coping with the pressure that’s on you? I said: ‘There’s no pressure on me. None whatsoever.’ The real pressure, the real pressure – real pressure – is when you don’t have enough money to feed your kids, when you don’t have a roof over your head, when you are wondering if you are going to be cared for.”

The Canary reported Assem Allam, owner of Hull City football club and one of Labours biggest private donors, as saying, “People think I donate to the Labour party because I like Labour policy. That’s not the reason at all. I would like to start the process of reducing the Labour party’s reliance on trade union money. For the Labour party to rely too heavily on the unions worries me. It’s undemocratic for one party to rely on one category of the community.” I think he’s got a couple of wires crossed as the party he should be supporting is funded exclusively by private interests and he’d be right at home there.

It is simply incredible that it is no longer considered tenable for a political leader to stand on a platform of social justice. Even more incredible is the absolute horror and outcry that Corbyn has had the audacity to do just that. And even more incredible is the extent of political and media spin and manipulation, including the BBC, in trying to discredit him.

Politics has descended into farce and chaos, those who should be running the country are ruining it, and Corbyn talking about social justice, decent homes for all, fully funded universal health care, ending austerity, protection at work and so on, has got the ‘establishment’ running around in abject terror screaming that the end of the world is nigh. It is long overdue that such people started acted their age and not their shoe size and if they cannot or will not we should get rid.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/09/no-pressure-on-me-jeremy-corbyn-tells-miners-gala-as-labour-mps-de-invited

A super-rich Labour donor is offering the coup plotters millions to quit the party

https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/greg-philo/is-britains-media-biased-against-left

BBC admit intentionally damaging Corbyn leadership with contrived live resignation

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bradley-allsop/election-result_b_7262824.html

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-08-14/jeremy-corbyn-promises-new-kind-of-politics-as-he-unveils-10-point-policy-plan/

03_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,274

Thursday 03 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I have written a great many letters to you on a great many subjects but I never thought I would ever write such a one as this.

Jeremy Corbyn has taken some stick in recent times and the further to right the more hysterical and strident it has been, but he’s had it from all sides, not least from within his own party and, of course, from you and your party. He has quite rightly won the respect, support and even love of those who’ve risen into a great tidal wave of support for him and the direction he has been mandated to lead this country, not least by actively encouraging thoughtful grass roots activism and action in communities across the UK, by the people, for the people.

He has spent his adult life, including his time as an MP working and being active for peace, he has the best credentials it is possible for anyone to have, he’s put his feet on the ground and, as the expression goes, put his money where his mouth is. You and the press have wilfully and deliberately, with malice aforethought, taken his words out of context and tried to smear and discredit him and yet he has consistently maintained his composure and behaved with dignity and respect.

I has been widely reported and even raised in the debate on Syria that you warned Tory MPs not to vote alongside ‘Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers’. A slanderous and entirely unwarranted and despicable insult, not least because it is an insult to intelligence.

I am an active user on social media and it is widely accepted that the moment anyone stoops to insults in pursuit of an argument, they’ve lost the argument. I have watched many a comment thread descend into the chaos of traded insults and it is not pretty and often cringe worthy as grown adults turn to spite, anger and vengefulness and pursue a hopelessly lost argument for hours at a time. Jeremy Corbyn has personally called for an end to insults and bullying, saying, ‘I want to be very clear – there is no place in the Labour Party or from those that support us – for bullying of any sort, from any side of the debate. It flies in the face of everything I believe and everything I stand for’.

You are meant to be the Prime Minister of this country and the debate on Syria is the most serious debate a parliament can have; considering the case for war and whether to commit our armed forces to a parliamentary call for war, the sole national body with that burden and responsibility. In the debate on Syria you were offered, twelve or more times, the opportunity to apologise for making such an egregious insult against Jeremy Corbyn and those of us opposed to war and you ignored them all. You are neither fit to hold office nor fit to take us anywhere as dangerous and potentially, at least, as disastrous as war.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/dec/01/cameron-accuses-corbyn-of-being-terrorist-sympathiser

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-12-02/cameron-will-wish-he-never-used-the-phrase-terrorist-sympathisers/

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/cameron-ridiculed-for-hypocrisy-and-quoting-corbyn-out-of-context/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/syria-bombing-vote-live-updates-6939032

17_september_2015Jeremy Corbyn
10 Melton St
London
NW1 2EJ

17 September 2015

Dear Jeremy,

I hope you will forgive the familiarity, but as it’s something you’ve created, I’ll let you off. You’ve done something that is only rivalled by the founding of the NHS and the Welfare State which demanded so much courage and strength from Aneurin Bevan and the Attlee government.

They created the greatest advancement in the world for an inclusive society in which no one was to fall through the net, but had a right to health and help at the point of need.

I am a post war child, one of the victory celebrations in an austere world still on rations, and have, throughout my life, enjoyed good health care in every way. The best in the world as far as I know.

I doubt you can possibly remember it, but for me it was a great pleasure to meet you in Plymouth and to shake your hand and to have a picture taken with you outside the mens toilets. Sorry about that. Blame it on good friends and the exigencies of old age.

I don’t want to detract from your policies, which are what got us all out there, but it also took the man, and you are, inescapably, that man. I know you are a modest man who looked very tired to me in Plymouth, and have taken on a mammoth task to lead the Labour party and I unashamedly wept buckets of tears when you gained that unenviable position.

I am sorry that you and your family have taken and continue to take a beating from a disgraceful media and political opponents, but I was glad and proud to see you take the front bench of our Labour party, for the people, by the people. You have a democratic mandate of love and affection for an honest man in politics for policies of sense and reason.

As Owen Jones has repeatedly said, you can’t do it alone. It’s a tough job, but I whole heartedly believe you are the man for the job and you have my unstinting support and I thank you for your dedication and purpose to be the leader of this country for better.

Thank you for inspiring hope,

03_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,192

Thursday 03 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You must be enjoying the spectacle of Labour tearing itself apart immensely. Had they applied themselves with such vigour in opposing your policies of attrition against the good people of this country, the last general election might have had a better outcome for the life and well being of this nation.

I confess that I am enjoying the rabid terror with which the Labour party grandees have welcomed democracy. It is a vital and valuable insight into the prevailing mindset of Westminster. As you and your party so ably demonstrate every day, the notion of being democratically accountable to the people is a concept that is entirely absent as you tear our country and our lives apart.

I have just spent a few days away with deeply caring and loving friends and one of the chief topics of conversation was the overweening arrogance of a political class, aided and abetted by a poodle media, who insult us, demean us and belittle us with never a thought for how asinine and utterly juvenile they reveal themselves to be.

Curiously, Unite union’s political director Jennie Formby has come under fire for calling Tony Blair a ‘neo-liberal, multi-millionaire, war-mongerer’ with nothing useful to say about the Labour leadership race, and who was told this was ‘disrespectful’ to the former prime minister. And yet Blair can quite blithely insult us by saying, ‘people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant’.

Prior to the illegal invasion of Iraq (which you voted for) Britain saw the biggest ever protest march (in London alone called ‘The million march’) in its history opposing an invasion which was prosecuted under false pretences. The democratic voice of the people was entirely ignored at obscene human cost and the devastation of a sovereign nation, which has formed the basis of western military intervention ever since. In international law a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime.

George Osborne has waded into the Labour leadership contest claiming Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘threat to our future national security and to our economic security’ in proposing to scrap Trident. What greater threat can there possibly be to our future national security and to our economic security than nuclear annihilation? It is the possession of such obscene weapons capable of global extinction that is the real insanity pursued by arrogant, power hungry, fools who care nothing for democracy or even life. What greater insult to our intelligence can there be that the potential to end life on this planet is regarded as necessary and worth investing vast amounts of our money in renewing whilst our own people die in poverty.

http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/451031/union-chief-chastised-for-disrespectful-blair-attack.thtml

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/07/tony-blair-advises-corbyn-supporters-to-get-a-heart-transplant/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2767761.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5108584.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_aggression

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-osborne-brands-jeremy-corbyn-6354738

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/02/uk-child-death-rate-scandal-poverty

24_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,068

Friday 24 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What really angered me about you talking about poverty and having a go at Miliband and Balls was that you expressed irritation or anger at them. In a nation like ours poverty is ideological, your government has relentlessly pursued the poor since you came to office and no one more so than Iain Duncan Smith.

There can be no discussion about poverty without looking at inequality and according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Britain is the fourth most unequal country amongst its 30 members.

It is my personal view that absolute equality is a grotesque idea, requiring a degree of micro-management that would be totalitarian and miserably oppressive, if not downright brutal, but, as Owen Jones says, “grotesque inequality is not a natural part of being human”. Indeed, and Jones goes on to say, “the fortunes of the richest 1,000 Britons have doubled during five years of economic trauma. Rampant greed goes unchecked, while benefit claimants, immigrants and public sector workers are relentlessly scrutinised and attacked”.

Britain is a major player when it comes to tax havens and Britain is a great place for huge multinationals to do business. As a treasury official said to the BBC’s Robert Peston, “London is now the unchallenged capital of the world; it is wonderful”. One of the worlds biggest banks described the UK to Peston as the world’s “biggest, most developed tax haven” So whilst you hound, demonise, vilify, and beat the poor into the ground, you actively support unrestrained greed and the garaging of obscene wealth in secret and secure tax havens.

You said, “The Labour Party? Really? The name’s an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act.” How much more true is that of your ‘Compassionate Conservatives’? An oxymoron if ever there was one. You declare ‘tough love’ for the poor whilst being the party of, and partying with, the rich. You announced permanent austerity from a lavish (freebie for you) banquet at which you appeared so stuffed you could barely move.

You epitomise social inequality, the injustice of extreme wealth and the real culture of entitlement. You were born to privilege and everything about you suggests you accept and expect it as your due, so you talking about poverty is an obscenity.

https://www.politicshome.com/economy-and-work/articles/news/david-cameron-speech-making-work-pay

http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/about-inequality/scale-and-trends/scale-economic-inequality-uk

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/24/grotesque-inequality-greed-human-nature-capitalism

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27187398

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/oct/02/cameron-tory-party-modern-compassionate

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/aug/15/david-cameron-broken-britain-policing

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/oct/05/conservatives-party-of-rich-says-thinktank